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The 500-Pound 'Chicken From Hell' Likely Ate Whatever It Wanted

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:00am

OK, maybe it just munched vegetation, small animals and eggs. But this newly named dino looked like a cross between a chicken and a bulked-up ostrich. Five-inch claws? We'd have stayed out of its way.

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Einstein's Lost Theory Discovered ... And It's Wrong

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:00am

Einstein's theory of relativity explains the universe. But — in part because of a math error — some recently uncovered work by the great physicist is wrong. Really, really wrong.

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Most U.S. Women Wouldn't Know A Stroke If They Saw Or Felt One

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:02pm

Acting fast can be key to preventing permanent damage from a stroke. But many women don't realize that face or arm numbness, speech trouble, or abrupt, severe headache can mean it's time to call 911.

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Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:00pm

The approach would recognize changes in behavior and in the brain. Right now there aren't treatments that slow down the disease, but identifying high-risk patients early on could help with prevention.

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Alzheimer's Estimates Draw Attention To How The Disease Is Defined

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:00pm

Estimates from the Alzheimer's Association show that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Those numbers don't include the millions whose brains show signs of the disease but whose symptoms aren't obvious yet.

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Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 2:25pm

Despite evidence to the contrary, many Americans believe cellphones cause cancer and that health officials are covering it up. Discredited theories about vaccines and fluoridation also remain popular.

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Study: The Chicken Didn't Cross The Pacific To South America

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:42pm

An analysis of DNA from ancient and modern chicken bones from the Pacific islands shows they are genetically distinct from South American birds.

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An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 3:43pm

Two mapmakers made the place up. It wasn't real. Then, oddly, it popped into being. I am not making this up. It happened. Then it un-happened.

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Giant Lizards Rise In Fla. — And They've Got Quite An Appetite

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 3:00pm

Giant lizards are coming out of hibernation in Florida. Trouble is, Robin Sussingham of WUSF reports, they're members of an invasive species with a taste for the eggs and hatchlings of native animals.

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The Science And Poetry Behind A Semi-Famous Sleep Talker

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 3:00pm

Drs. Deirdre Barrett and Robert Stickgold discuss the case of Dion McGregor, a sleep talker whose vivid and expansive somniloquies are the subject of the album, Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor.

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Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy'

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 1:31pm

Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.

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WATCH: Physicist Gets 'Smoking Gun' Proof Of His Theory

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:30am

Andrei Linde, one of the founding fathers of cosmological inflation, answers the door to the news that his theory appears to have been confirmed.

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Ripples In Space Could Point To The Universe's Beginnings

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:00am

Physicists say they've discovered a faint signal from just moments after the universe began. If confirmed, it could revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. But not everyone is convinced.

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Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:00am

In the 1980s, NASA engineer Robert Farquhar came up with a sly plan to divert the ISEE-3 satellite from its original path to visit a comet instead. Now Farquhar has another big plan for his "baby."

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Dispute And Suspicion Swirl About Iranian Water Reactor

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 3:00pm

At issue in Iran nuclear talks is a heavy water reactor the country is building. Iran says it wants the reactor for medical research, but the West is worried that such reactors can produce plutonium.

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Hoping To Clear The Air In Paris, Officials Ration The Rue

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Paris is suffering from the worst smog it's seen in decades. Associated Press Paris Bureau Chief Angela Charltan explains the ways the city's dealing with the smog, including restrictions on drivers.

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Out Of Antarctica, A 'Grand Slam' That Leads Back To The Big Bang

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Physicists using data from an Antarctica telescope say they've observed evidence of primordial gravity waves — in other words, echoes of the Big Bang. If real, this may be a big advance for physics.

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Scientists Search For Toxins In Cigarette Smoke Residue

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:32pm

Chemicals in cigarette smoke can settle on clothes, furniture and walls. Researchers call this thirdhand smoke and say laboratory experiments suggest it could be hazardous.

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Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 2:26pm

Programs — some already on your smartphone — are preparing useful information based on your past behavior, ushering in the era of predictive, or anticipatory, computing.

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Even If You Don't Have Symptoms, You May Still Have The Flu

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 1:35pm

Roughly one in five unvaccinated people had the flu between 2006 and 2011, but only a quarter of them had symptoms, a study found. That could affect how the virus spreads.

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